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Over 3,000 Primary School Students and Teachers Participate in Ocean Park’s “My Dream Ocean” Three-dimensional Model Contest Winning Projects Exhibit at Aqua City to Promote Marine Conservation

2011-07-10

(Hong Kong – 10 July 2011) To help our next generation better understand the importance of marine conservation, Ocean Park has organized a Three-dimensional Model Contest, titled “My Dream Ocean”, for primary schools in Hong Kong.  Results of the competition were announced today at a ceremony held at Whiskers Theatre, Ocean Park, where Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park; Mr. Coleman Wai, former President of HK Society for Education in Art; Ms. Catharine Leung, Committee member, Research & Development, HK Society for Education in Art; and Mr. Paul Pei, Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Ocean Park presented awards to the winning teams.

The competition attracted participation from over 3,000 local primary school students and teachers.  A total of 560 pieces of 3-dimensional models were collected, all made from different recycled materials, such as waste paper, plastic bottles, aluminium cans, plastic bags with important marine conservation messages and limitless creativity. The works are judged by representatives from the HK Society for Education in Art and Ocean Park according to the following judging criteria: conservation message (30%), creativity (30%), presentation skill (20%) and aesthetics (20%).  The competition was divided into junior (primary 1-3) and senior groups (primary 4-6).  There are awards for champion, first- runner- up, second runner- up and merit in each group.  Other awards include Most Enthusiastic Award and Award for Best Use of Recycled Materials.

Champion of the senior category goes to Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School. The project titled “I Love Ocean!” re-created a colorful marine world with old stationeries, old toys, paper boxes and even popsicle sticks. Tak Sun School takes home the champion award in the junior category with their plastic bottle model “Unity is power”, inspired by the way smaller sized fishes in the ocean tend to swim in group to avoid being attacked by larger fishes. The Award for Best Use of Recycled Materials goes to A.D. & F.D. of Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Cheng Yam On Millennium School, which has used body wash bottles, packing boxes, and even nutshells and peanut shells as materials for their model.

Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park, said, “We hope that this contest will encourage nature conservation and motivate students to learn more about marine animals, as well as the vital need to protect their habitat.  Through the creation of a unique three-dimensional model, we wish to convey important marine conservation messages to our next generation.  The creation process has been a great inspiration and an invaluable learning experience for these students.  We set down as few rules as possible so that they are allowed to think outside the box, and we are very happy to see that the completed works are of very high quality and creativity.  With these excellent accomplishments, we will exhibit these beautiful works in our Park to further promote marine conservation to all our visitors, as well as to showcase the enormous creativity of primary school students in Hong Kong.”

All winning works are now displayed on the ground floor of the Grand Aquarium (queue line area) until 31 August.

Pic 1: Champion of the senior category: Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School’s “I Love Ocean!”
Pic 1: Champion of the senior category: Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School’s “I Love Ocean!”
Pic 2: Champion of the junior category: Tak Sun School’s “Unity is power
Pic 2: Champion of the junior category: Tak Sun School’s “Unity is power
Pic 3: The Award for Best Use of Recycled Materials goes to A.D. & F.D. of Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Cheng Yam On Millennium School
Pic 3: The Award for Best Use of Recycled Materials goes to A.D. & F.D. of Pok Oi Hospital Mrs. Cheng Yam On Millennium School
Pic 4: Other awarded project from P.L.K. Chong Kee Ting Primary School
Pic 4: Other awarded project from P.L.K. Chong Kee Ting Primary School
Pic 5: Other awarded project from Sha Tin Wai Dr. Catherine F. Woo Memorial School
Pic 5: Other awarded project from Sha Tin Wai Dr. Catherine F. Woo Memorial School
Pic 6: Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park (middle, back row) together with winners of the competition
Pic 6: Mr. Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive of Ocean Park (middle, back row) together with winners of the competition